Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse is the third video game from Ascaron in their Patrician series. It is a game simulating trading, piracy, politics, and economy. The series was originally released in German, as Patrizier and Patrizier 2. Patrizier 2 had an add on release called Patrizier 2: Aufschwung der Hanse. Patrician 3 is the international release in English of the combined Patrizier 2 and its expansion. The German version was released in 2000 and the English version in 2003.